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Koster's False Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri'

Pronunciation: kam-e-SIP-a-ris ob-tu-SA
SKU #02379

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Description This attractive evergreen shrub has a rounded form that matures into a dwarf pyramidal shape. Flat sprays of deep green foliage add handsome texture to the landscape. Excellent for rock gardens or mixed borders. Withstands brief dry spells, once established in the landscape.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Conifer; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Slow growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Compact Form
Growth Rate Slow
Landscape Use Border, Container, Hedge, Poolside
Design Ideas The texture of this beautiful evergreen makes a fine foundation plant to cover utilities and crawl spaces as well as footings year round. May be used as a freestanding foliage column out in the landscape as a central element for bright floral plantings. A natural in the Asian inspired garden left natural or creatively shaped in the bonsai style.
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Azalea (Azalea); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Camellia (Camellia); Pine (Pinus); Hosta (Hosta)
Care Grows well in average to fertile, neutral to acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh, drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to develop an extensive root system. Once established, prefers regular water, but tolerates brief dry spells. Fertilize in early spring. Prune only as needed to shape.
Lore Chamaecyparis translates from the Greek for dwarf and cypress, which verifies the fact that it is not a true cypress at all. The species C. obtusa is also known as Hinoki Cypress.

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